photo credit: Sam Horvath

Julia Izumi (she/her/hers) is a writer, performer, and educator who makes plays, musicals, theatrical nonsense, and everything in between.

Her plays include miku, and the gods (O’Neill National Playwrights Conference Finalist, Kilroys List Honorable Mention, KCACTF’s Darrell Ayers Award and Paul Stephen Lim Award Runner-Up), Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing, and Other Things (CAATA National Asian-American ConFest, FringeNYC, Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlab), and Sometimes the Rain, Sometimes the Sea (Brown University Mainstage), among others.

Her worked has been developed and presented at Manhattan Theatre Club as part of the Ted Snowdon Reading Series, Clubbed Thumb, Bushwick Starr, WP Theater, Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor, SPACE on Ryder Farm, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, WP Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Trinity Repertory Company, San Francisco Playhouse, Avant Bard Theater, the NNPN/Kennedy Center MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, the Maria Irene Fornés Playwriting Workshop, and Corkscrew Theatre Festival. She was selected for the Barn Arts Collective’s Hamilton Project Residency, Theater Masters’ Take Ten, HB Studio’s First Floor Studio Residency, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, the NY Society Library's Emerging Women's Artist Grant and a Puffin Artists' Grant.

Previous memberships include the Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers’ Group, Fresh Ground Pepper’s PlayGroup, BMI’s Librettists Workshop and Theatre Masters. She is currently a 2020 New Georges Audrey Resident and will be a New Dramatists member starting Fall 2021. Currently under commission from MTC/Sloan and Playwrights Horizons/Soundstage. She received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University.

As a performer, she has performed at and with HERE, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts, Mabou Mines, Lust & Liberty, UglyRhino Productions, Communal Spaces with The Motor Company, and Williamstown Theatre Festival among others. She is the 2011 recipient of the Goddard Rhetorical Prize for excellence in performance at Tufts University, where she earned her B.A. in Drama.

She has completed one half-marathon and has kept a fish alive for one month.